John McCraken To Leave GambleAware

John McCracken of GambleAware has revealed that, after serving as Director of Commissioning (Treatment Services) for three years, he will leave the charity.

The early development of the national gambling service was led by McCracken who also and worked closely with the NHS on issues concerning gambling in the UK, Scotland and Wales.

In addition, McCracken was heavily involved in implementing the data reporting system of the charity used to guide the development of best practice and outstanding care for those throughout Great Britain experiencing gambling harm.

Previous work

He originally took the position in April 2018, having previously served as Head of Drug Policy for the Department of Health, and earlier in his departmental career, he held the position of Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

McCracken will be replaced by Dr. Jane Rigbye, who will assume on an interim basis the responsibility for commissioning treatment services, supervised by Marc W Etches, Chief Executive of the charity.

Prior to McCracken’s arrival at GambleAware in 2018, Dr Rigbye held the position of Director of Commissioning when she subsequently became Director of Education.

Dr Rigbye will be overseen by incoming CEO Zoë Osmond, who currently serves as Communications and Engagement Director, following Etches’ scheduled departure in March of this year, and has played a key role in expanding the national network of GambleAware and leading its multi-million-pound campaigns.

Although McCracken and any of the other members of the board of the association have made no formal statements, GambleAware stated in its official release: “Trustees and staff wish John well in his future endeavours.”

The guest lecturers, including Chair Kate Lampard and Labour, Nottingham North, and the Shadow Public Health Minister, Alex Norris, at Gamble Aware have recently held their 8th annual meeting.